Bennett was born in Farmville and raised in Burkeville. He received his AAS in Electronics Technology from Southside Virginia Community College. He also received a certificate in Applied Electricity and diplomas in Heating, A/C, and Refrigeration and Industrial Servicing Technology. He is licensed through the VA DPOR as a Master Electrician, Master HVAC and Master Gas Fitter. He was previously employed with Piedmont Geriatric Hospital as a trades supervisor and maintenance technician. He joined SVCC in 2004.